Post-Doctoral Researcher

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Mar 03, 2022
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

Post-Doctoral Researcher - Search #67927
College of Engineering and Computing, Thermo-Fluidic Systems Laboratory

The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Allen E. Paulsen College of Engineering and Computing at Georgia Southern University has an opening for a Research Assistant in its Thermo-Fluidic Systems Laboratory, through August 22, 2023.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution's goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate(s) will be working on a cutting-edge research project sponsored by Department of Energy (DOE) through an STTR Phase II grant. The objective of the research is to develop and experimentally and computationally examine the performance of elastohydrodynamic seals for supercritical CO2 (sCO2) applications. sCO2 power cycles hold great potential for nuclear power production because they are more efficient than traditional water-based, air-breathing, direct-fired, open Brayton cycles or indirect-fired, closed Rankine cycles. Salary range is between $50,000 and $60,000, and dependent on funding through the STTR Phase II grant.

Supporting the development of an advanced seal system through theoretical and simulation modeling with experimental validation
Designing and implementing research tasks, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
Developing novel design methodologies using modern engineering tools, including machine/deep learning
Participating in collaborative work with Sandia National Laboratories for real-life testing of the seal system
Assisting the team with the dissemination of the outcome of the work via scientific publications, technical presentations at conferences and professional meetings
Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in a diverse work environment

Required Qualifications:
Terminal degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or closely related engineering field
Research experience in one or more of the following areas: Engineering Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Fluid-Solid Interactions (FSI), Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Design of Experiments, Data Analysis
Demonstrated experience with one or more programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, C/C++.
Demonstrated experience with one or more commercially available simulation and 3D modeling software, including COMSOL, ABAQUS, CONVERGE CFD, ANSYS, SolidWorks
Be a team member and ability to work with and mentor graduate and undergraduate students
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives

Conditions of Employment:
Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.
All work (with limited exceptions such as research and study abroad and outside activities such as grading and email correspondence) for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.

Screening of applications begins March 15, 2022 and continues until the position is filled. A complete application consists of a one-page cover letter describing the candidate's interest in the position and summarizing related background, skills, and research goals, and a CV listing representative publications. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Sevki Cesmeci
Georgia Southern University
Electronic mail:

More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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